Self-tanning minus the oompa-loompa

Heyyyy y’all. A few of you have DM’d me about doing a self-tanning tutorial so I thought WHY NAWT. There will only be one picture associated with this post, because I did not want to photograph the pasty whiteness of what Suzie Crooch was before the self-tanner set in. Trust me, it was scary and since I’m new to this I wasn’t trying to scare a bunch of y’all away.

I have spray tanned probably 50 times for different pageants and events by using a Versa Spa machine or by getting sprayed professionally by a person. I think those methods are wonderful if that’s what you prefer, but I just find this method cheaper and more convenient. The biggest thing about doing this on your own is finding the right self-tanner. A LOT of people use the ST Tropez tanner and love it. I have heard that the Jergens self-tanner is very similar to ST Tropez but much cheaper. I love the Jergens tanner as it doesn’t smell bad and it’s very easy to use. (Some tanners smell awful)

With that being said, I’m hoping that I can explain this easily so that you can try this at home to reduce the tanning bed usage.

Here we goooo!!


Step 1)

Go to Walmart and spend like $15 of your hard-earned dollars. That’s it. No, this isn’t a joke. You’ll need to pick up some creepy looking surgical gloves, a cheap makeup brush and a bottle of “Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse.” They will have different shades, but I use the “deep bronze” color. Totally up to you.

Step 2)

Right before you go to bed, take a shower. While you’re in there you will need to shave and exfoliate. (This is where it gets difficult because who shaves in the winter?…I mean…not me) Once you’re out of the shower make sure to completely dry off.

Step 3)

Once dry, take any unscented lotion and apply it to the parts of your body that are typically drier than the rest of your body such as elbows, knees, hands and feet. Once the lotion has set in, put your gloves on and put an old towel down in case you drop any tanner. (This just helps keep your floor clean)

Step 4)

The best way to apply the tanner is by doing it in sections. I start with my legs and then go up from there. Take the Jergens and squeeze the mousse into your hands. (MAKE SURE YOU ARE WEARING GLOVES AT THIS POINT) Rub the self-tanner onto your legs. I typically rub the mousse on the section that I’m tanning and then take the makeup brush and blend it all in so that I don’t look streaky. Once my legs are done I do my mid-section and then so on and so forth. I DO NOT rub the mousse onto my face, top of my feet or back of my hands. I will use the excess on the brush at the end to tan my face, hands and feet. If you don’t feel like there is enough left in your brush apply a small amount to the brush to do each part. I will add about a dime size to the brush and rub it on my face and then add another dime size for each hand and foot.

Step 5)

At this point you should have rubbed the self-tanner in, used the excess from the brush to tan your face, hands and feet, and blended everything in so that you don’t have any streaking. You should wait 10-20 minutes to make sure that you are completely dry. Once dry, I put on a long-sleeved shirt and pajama pants before bed so that the tanner doesn’t get all over my sheets. (I do not wear undergarments as that will add un-wanted lines)

Step 6)

Once you wake up, turn the shower on and use lukewarm water to rinse off. I only take about 3 minutes to do this and I do not use any soaps/scrubs. Once you get out of the shower pat your body dry. Do not dry off like you normally would as it will take some of the tan off.

Step 7)

Enjoy the beautiful bronze skin tone for about 5 days. Once it starts to fade you can re-do the process or go back to your normal skin tone.





Leave me a comment below if you think this sounds easy or if you’ve tried it and love it!


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